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Paul Schnabel (born 17 July 1948, Bergen op Zoommarker) is a Dutch sociologist and the director of an agency of the Dutch government called Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau (Social and Cultural Planning Office), usually abbreviated as SCP (or SCPB).

Schnabel grew up in Bredamarker. He studied sociology in Utrechtmarker. He received his Ph.D. in 1982 for his dissertation on new religious movements and mental health.

Apart from his work for the SCP he has other appointments in several institutions in Dutch society such as the Netherlands Institute for Art History RKD, and the Scientific Council for Government Policy. He is a columnist to the Dutch newspapers NRC-Handelsblad and Het Financieele Dagblad. As of 2008, he is also the chairperson of the committee that selected the 1,000 texts deemed as "key" of the Dutch and Flemish cultural history for the Digital library for Dutch literature..

In 2006 he was listed in De Volkskrant in the top ten of the most influential persons in the Netherlands.

See also


  1. Somers, Maartje Van abel spel tot Achterhuis: De basisbibliotheek - het Nederlands erfgoed in duizend sleutelteksten in NRC Handelsblad 4 April 2008 section 'Boeken', page 10
  • Delft, Dirk van Snelle generalist in the NRC Handelsblad 29 July 2006 (Dutch language)

Selected bibliography

  • Tussen stigma en charisma: nieuwe religieuze bewegingen en geestelijke volksgezondheid/Between stigma and charisma: new religious movements and mental health Erasmus universitymarker Rotterdam, Faculty of Medicine, Ph.D. thesis, ISBN 90-6001-746-3 (Deventer, Van Loghum Slaterus, 1982) available on the internet
  • De weerbarstige geestesziekte: naar een nieuwe sociologie van de geestelijke gezondheidszorg, 1995, SUN (with Derksen, Jan)

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